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Logi Tutorial: How to Build an Analytic Application in 30 Minutes

By Matthew Grogan
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Did you know that Logi Info provides the out-of-the-box elements to build your business intelligence application in just 30 minutes or less? That includes charts, tables, graphs, reports, and more—essentially everything you need to develop your own personalized analytic experience.

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In this four-part Logi tutorial series, I’ll walk you through how to use Logi Info’s integrated development environment to easily and quickly create an interactive app. By “interactive,” I mean your users will be able to:

  • Organize their own workspaces and add visualizations
  • Apply interactive filters to their visualizations
  • Create their own content using self-service functionality

Connect to Your Data Source

To begin, you must first connect to your data source. Logi Info handles data access by using a direct connect model. Commands go directly to the data source, whether it’s an SQL query, MapReduce, or Find (in the case of MongoDB). The data source handles the data processing part for the application and improves overall performance.

Logi supports almost everything between relational databases, columnar stores, document databases (such as MongoDB), or Hadoop (if you are using Hive). Logi also supports generic ODBC and JDBC connectors and even access to data via web service. If you’ve already put the effort into developing a RESTful or SOAP web service, Logi can work with that as well.

Step 1: Add a Database Connection to the Connections Element. Logi provides a set of Wizards to help you with this. Click on the Wizards tab, choose the Database Connection Wizard, and provide an ID for your connection.

 Step 2: Identify the Connection Type. For this example, we selected SQL Server. Click on your Database Name to begin.

Check back next week for our next blog on Adding Interactive Visualizations to the Dashboard.

To see these tips and tricks in action, watch our webinar: How to Build an Analytic Application in 30 Minutes.


Originally published January 23, 2018; updated on September 12th, 2019

About the Author

Matthew Grogan is a Solutions Engineer at Logi Analytics, where he provides both technical enablement and advice regarding Logi products.